Morrisons removes Ramadan calendar which lists ‘Al-Aqsa mosque in Israel’


Morrisons have withdrawn a Ramadan calendar from sale which lists the Al-Aqsa mosque as located in Israel.

The calendar which lists famous mosques from across the world was being sold on the supermarket website ahead of the holy month of Ramadan which begins on April.

Under the listing Al-Aqsa Mosque, it states ‘Jerusalem, Israel’. Muslims across the world state that the mosque is located in Palestine.

Morrisons have confirmed this morning to Asian Image that when the issue was brought to their attention they had removed it from sale.

The issue was raised by campaign group Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA), a UK based non-profit NGO ‘concerned with defending the human rights of Palestinians and protecting the sacred al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem’.

The group had this week called for the calendar to be removed stating: “Morrisons are selling a Ramadan calendar which says Al-Aqsa Mosque is in Israel.

“Al-Aqsa mosque is in illegally occupied Palestine, NOT Israel. Demand Morrisons immediately remove the calendar.”

In a letter to Morrisons, FOA said: “By allowing this item to be sold in your stores and online, Morrisons is complicit in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, which Amnesty International has now described as apartheid. Your sale of this item is an attack on Palestinian rights”.

Shamiul Joarder, Head of Public Affairs at FOA remarked “Today’s victory shows that the British public is increasingly aware of Israeli apartheid and will increasingly hold companies to account for their complicity in the illegal occupation of Palestine”.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and is the third holiest site in Islam.

A second Ramadan calendar (below) which is on sale in stores does not feature any mosques nor any list and is part of the store’s Ramadan range which has proved popular with customers.

Author: desi123 is an online news portal that aims to provide the latest trendy news for Asians living in Asia and around the World.

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